West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Three Schools To Perform Mock Trials In Supreme Court Chamber

3/27/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va.   Students from three schools will perform mock trial scripts they wrote as part of West Virginia Law Adventure, the Supreme Court s program for middle school students, during the finale of this year s pilot project, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009, in the Supreme Court Chamber.

One Supreme Court Justice will sit as the presiding trial judge in each case.

Students will perform according to the following approximate schedule:

10 a.m.  Horace Mann Middle School, Kanawha County, Senior Status Justice Thomas McHugh presiding.

10:30 a.m. Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Kanawha County, Justice Menis Ketchum presiding.

11 a.m. Western Greenbrier Middle School, Kanawha County, Justice Robin Jean Davis presiding.

Following the mock trials, the students will eat lunch in the Great Hall of the Cultural Center.  The West Virginia Bar Foundation granted funds for the costs associated with the West Virginia Law Adventure.

Unlike other mock trial programs in which students perform cases using scripts or materials prepared by adults, the West Virginia Law Adventure requires each class to write its own script based on one of three criminal case scenarios. The West Virginia State Bar Foundation and the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar helped write the rules for the  program.

Students from Kanawha, Mason, Greenbrier, Monongalia, and Mineral Counties were invited to participate in this year s second phase of the pilot project.

Although other schools used the rules packet to work on mock trials in their classrooms, only three schools submitted scripts meeting the rule guidelines.

Kandi Greter, the Court s Public Education Coordinator, said,  Several teachers expressed interest in the new Law Adventure Program. We are taking feedback from participating schools to adjust and expand from five to ten counties in 2009. We are impressed with the students  hard work and look forward to having them present their cases before the Justices on Monday.

The West Virginia program is adapted with permission from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation s original, award-winning Law Adventure Competition and Programs for grades seven and eight. For more information about the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, visit www.njsbf.org.

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